Emirates A380 A6-EDA EK412 Christchurch Diversion.

Emirates A380 A67-EDA operating the Sydney – Auckland sector of EK412 Dubai – Sydney – Auckland (depart Dubai 29th July) diverted via Christchurch this afternoon due to JetConnect Boeing 737-838 ZK-ZQH blocking the runway at Auckland.

Emirates A380 A6-EEF EK406 Christchurch Diversion.

Airbus A380-861 MSN135, Emirates A6-EEF, operating the Melbourne – Auckland sector of EK406 Dubai – Melbourne – Auckland (depart Dubai 29th July) diverted via Christchurch this afternoon due to JetConnect Boeing 737-838 ZK-ZQH blocking the runway at Auckland.

British Airways A380 G-XLEA Training Flights.

Airbus A380-841 MSN095, British Airways G-XLEA, operated the following training flights today: BA9160 Manston – Chateauroux BA9161 Chateauroux – Manston BA9164 Manston – Chateauroux BA9165 Chateauroux – Chatearoux BA9166 Chateauroux – Chatearoux BA9167 Chateaueoux – Manston.

British Airways A380 G-XLEA Training Flights.

Airbus A380-841 MSN095, British Airways G-XLEA, operated the following training flights today: BA9160 Manston – Paris Vatry BA9161 Paris Vatry – Chatearoux BA9163 Chateauroux – Manston BA9164 Manston – Chateauroux BA9167 Chateauroux – Manston.

British Airways Announces A380 to Johannesburg.

British Airways today announced that it will begin 3 x weekly A380 service on the London Heathrow – Johannesburg route from 12th February 2014. The BA55/BA56 rotation will switch to A380 operation on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from London Heathrow and on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Johannesburg. From 10th March 2014 A380 operation will increase to 6 x weekly with all A380 operation on all BA55/BA56 flights except for Tuesday departures from London Heathrow and Wednesday departures from Johannesburg.

British Airways A380 G-XLEA Training Flights.

Airbus A380-841 MSN095, British Airways G-XLEA, operated two training flight circuits from Manston today as follows: BA9160 Manston – Paris Vatry BA9161 Paris Vatry – Chateauroux BA9162 Chateauroux – Paris Vatry BA9163 Paris Vatry – Manston BA9164 Manston – Paris Vatry BA9165 Paris Vatry – Chateauroux BA9166 Chateauroux – Paris Vatry BA9167 Paris Vatry – Manston.

British Airways A380 G-XLEA Training Flights.

Airbus A380-841 MSN095, British Airways G-XLEA, operated two training flight circuits from Manston today as follows: BA9160 Manston – Paris Vatry BA9161 Paris Vatry – Chateauroux BA9162 Chateauroux – Paris Vatry BA9163 Paris Vatry – Manston BA9164 Manston – Paris Vatry BA9165 Paris Vatry – Chateauroux BA9166 Chateauroux – Paris Vatry BA9167 Paris Vatry – Manston.

British Airways A380 G-XLEA Training Flights.

Airbus A380-841 MSN095, British Airways G-XLEA, undertook two Manston – Paris Vatry – Chateauroux – Manston training flights today using several different flight numbers as follows: BA380 Manston – Paris Vatry – Chateauroux BA9162 Chateauroux – Paris Vatry BA380 Paris Vatry – Manston BA9164 Manston – Paris Vatry BA9165 Paris Vatry – Chateauroux BA9166 Chateauroux – Paris Vatry BA9167 Paris Vatry – Manston.

British Airways A380 G-XLEA Training Flights.

Airbus A380-841 MSN095, British Airways G-XLEA, operated the following training flights today: BA380 Manston – Paris Vatry – Chateauroux BA9162T Chateauroux – Paris Vatry BA380 Paris Vatry – Paris Vatry BA380 Paris Vatry – Manston.

British Airways A380 G-XLEA Red Arrows Photo Flight.

Airbus A380-841 MSN095, British Airways G-XLEA, operated a Manston – Paris Vatry flight as BA380 this afternoon accompanied by The Red Arrows for publicity photo purposes. The flight spent much time at low altitude by the White Cliffs of Dover. The aircraft later continued Paris Vatry – Chateauroux – Manston.

Emirates Announce A380 to Barcelona.

Emirates today announced that its Dubai – Barcelona service will switch from Boeing 777-300ER to A380 operation from 1st February 2013.

QANTAS A380 VH-OQC Returns to Service.

QANTAS A380 VH-OQC operated QF128 Hong Kong – Sydney this evening. This is the aircraft’s first service in 14F/64J/35W/371Y configuration.

QANTAS A380 VH-OQC Returns from Manila Maintenance.

QANTAS A380 VH-OQC, which has been under maintenance at Manila since 12th June, positioned Manila – Hong Kong in the early hours of this morning as QF6016. The aircraft has been reconfigured to 14F/64J/35W/371Y. This is the final QANTAS A380 to undergo reconfiguration to this layout.

QANTAS A380 VH-OQD QF12 Brisbane Diversion.

Following its medical diversion to Honolulu, AIrbus A380-842 MSN026, QANTAS VH-OQD, operating QF12 Los Angeles – Sydney (depart Los Angeles 7th July) further diverted via Brisbane this morning. This appears to be due to crew having insufficient hours to reach Sydney.

Emirates Announce A380 to Mauritius.

Emirates today announced that it will replace Boeing 777-300ERs with A380s on the EK701/EK702 and EK3701/EK3702 Dubai – Mauritius rotations from 16th December 2013.

Emirates A380 A6-EEH EK406 Perth Diversion.

Emirates A380 A6-EEH operating the Dubai – Melbourne sector of EK406 Dubai – Melbourne – Auckland (depart Dubai 5th July) diverted via Perth this morning due to a emergency on board. This was the third appearance of an Emirates A380 at Perth.

Emirates A380 A6-EER First Flight.

Emirates A380 A6-EER made its first flight from Toulouse today wearing test registration F-WWSB and positioned Toulouse – Finkenwerder.

British Airways A380 Introduction Brought Forward.

British Airways today loaded changes into GDS systems revealing that the first A380 longhaul flight will be brought forward to September 24th when an A380 will operate BA269 London Heathrow – Los Angeles. Introduction on the London Heathrow – Hong Kong route had been brought forward to October 22nd.

British Airways A380 G-XLEA Delivered.

Airbus A380-841 MSN095, British Airways G-XLEA, was delivered Toulouse – London Heathrow this morning as BA380. This is the first A380 delivery for the airline.

QANTAS A380 VH-OQB Returns to Service.

Following the technical issue it encountered yesterday, Airbus A380-842 MSN015, QANTAS VH-OQB, returned to service today operating QF9 Melbourne – Dubai – London Heathrow.

QANTAS A380 VH-OQJ Operates Delayed QF9.

Following the technical issue encountered by sister VH-OQB yesterday, AIrbus A380-842 MSN062, QANTAS VH-OQJ, operated yesterday’s delayed QF9 Melbourne – Dubai – London Heathrow this morning as QF9D.

QANTAS A380 VH-OQB Melbourne Technical Issue.

Airbus A380-842 MSN015, QANTAS VH-OQB, arrived into Melbourne this morning as QF94 from Los Angeles (depart Los Angeles 29th June), however it was unable to operate QF9 Melbourne – Dubai – London Heathrow as scheduled due to a technical issue. The flight has been delayed overnight.